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Melanie Lim

Melanie Lim

Melanie Lim

Melanie Lim

A Certified Public Accountant with master’s degrees in Business Management and English Language Teaching, Melanie T. Lim was born and raised in Cebu. While proudly homegrown, she concedes her time in the United States as well as the People’s Republic of China has shaped her internationalist views. Her multicultural orientation stems from her love of travel which has brought her to 47 countries. In 2000, she was awarded the Cebu Archdiocesan Mass Media Award (CAMMA) for Best Column. Writing is one of her passions, the other three being traveling, designing and doing housework. She is a certified workaholic who continues to work at seriously learning “how to chill.”

Columns

Lim: Give way

Saturday, December 03, 2016

IT'S the season of giving which is why I write about giving way. But it’s not what you’re thinking. I’m not talking about giving way to those determined to take away our democracy. I’m not talking about giving way to those bent on glamorizing misogyny. I’m not talking about giving way to those who wish to rewrite history.

I’m talking about giving way to the wheelchair-bound due to age, illness, injury, exhaustion or different ability.

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Lim: Your honor

Saturday, November 26, 2016

SOME of them are overbearing, arrogant and grandstanding. Others are coy, melodramatic and oratorical. Some others, still, are simply sneering and downright despicable.

They are all addressed as “Your Honor.”

Congress holds hearings purportedly in aid of legislation. The last hearing I heard, however, seemed to be in aid of voyeurism. It certainly did not seem like an authentic probe on the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison. It seemed more like a cheap peepshow into the illicit affair between a senator and her driver/bodyguard.

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Lim: Betrayal

Saturday, November 19, 2016

IT'S a betrayal. Nothing less. But what else can you expect from a family that continues to deny the existence of a dark period in our history when a dictator reigned and sanctioned plunder, torture, rape and murder?

Their wishes were not to be thwarted. By hook or by crook, they would get what they wanted. And they bided their time—till they found the right president to do as they desired. What else can you expect from a family determined to rewrite history?

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Lim: No heroes

Saturday, November 12, 2016

I’M no legal expert so I’m not going to second-guess the Supreme Court in their dismissal of all petitions against the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery).

But I consider myself a thinking citizen so I have to question the logic, the judgement, not to mention, the character of the President, in allowing the former dictator to be buried a hero.

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Lim: Love actually

Saturday, November 05, 2016

I AM walking through a field of flowers with a spring in my step. I see you from the distance. And I smile. You turn to look at me. My legs turn into jelly. You put your arms out. And I run into them. Love overflows.

Nothing beats being giddy and crazy in love. Romantic relationships are what they are but they are not love. But that’s no cause for grief. While romance lights up our lives, love fuels us from beginning to end. And while romance doesn’t last, love does. And often, till the very end.

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